Our Junior Church is thriving. There are different activities for children of different ages both during Sunday services and at other times. All activities are free. They include:
10:00am 'Sunday School' morning worship for 5 – 12 year olds, held in the Millennium rooms (upstairs rooms), Holy Trinity Church.
We have an excellent team of adult volunteers trained to lead ‘Sunday School’ activities, meeting in the Millennium Rooms which you pass when you come into the church building. The children gather in church for the beginning of our Sunday morning service, then leave for Junior Church worship and learning activities during the singing of the first hymn. They rejoin the congregation during the communion toward the end of the service.
You can be confident that your children are in good hands whilst you worship with the main congregation. We uphold detailed Child Protection Procedures in all our work with children.
10:00am 'Sunday School' Sunday morning worship for 0-5 year olds, held in the Millennium rooms, Holy Trinity church.
Minnows is part of the Junior Church at Holy Trinity. It welcomes the very youngest of our community into the church.
Minnows is organised by members of the congregation, almost all of whom have children of their own attending most weeks. We make Minnows fun for children, whilst very gently introducing them to different aspects of worship and the Christian faith in a warm and welcoming atmosphere.
What happens at Minnows?
Children and babies join the Minnows session in the Millennium Rooms from the main service in the church at the start of the first hymn. The Minnows meet every Sunday, except when there is an All Age Communion service when the whole of the church family worships together.
We briefly introduce ourselves and light a candle to remind children that, 'Jesus is the light of the world’. Although each session is different, it usually includes:
- Stories from the Bible
- Creative activity, e.g. colouring or sticking
The children rejoin their parents in the service during Holy Communion and are brought up to the altar rail for a blessing. After Communion, Robert, our vicar, asks children from both Minnows and the older Junior Church groups to share what they have been doing with the rest of the congregation.
Surely my baby is too young?
You’d be amazed! Even very tiny babies love the company of other children and appear to enjoy the worship at Minnows.
Do I stay with my child or join the main congregation?
That’s up to you. Mothers and carers of older children are encouraged to join the main service. But if your child is very young, we understand that you may wish to stay with them.
Please be confident that we will call you from the service if your child is in any way distressed or needs to go to the toilet.
Family friendly facilities
If you are still breast-feeding and feel awkward feeding in front of others whom you don’t yet know, you can sit behind the screen in the Millennium Room.
There is a toilet in the entrance lobby that has changing facilities. Please take any dirty nappies home with you.
All Age Communion Service
The main Christian festivals are celebrated with an All Age Communion Service at which families and children all worship together in the main church. In these services the worship is child-friendly and the children participate in a variety of ways.
Dates for 2017:
5th February Theme: Light and Bushels
26th March Mothering Sunday
16th April Easter Day
2nd July St Leonard's Sunday - at St Leonard's Church
24th September Harvest Festival
5th November All Saints' Sunday
25th December Christmas Day
Good2Go is the new name for our children’s activities taking place on the second Sunday of each month. Children of any age can enjoy a range of different activities from month to month - singing, games and crafts, Messy Church and Godly Play. Sign up to our newsletter or check out our Facebook page to get the latest news on our next plans, or just drop by at 10am on the second Sunday of any month to see what’s happening. It’ll be Good to Go!
Other special activities for children
Christingle Service 3rd December 2017, 4pm
A service of light, in aid of the Children's Society. Please bring a donation for their valuable work.
Crib service 24th December 2017, 4pm
For many families in Bengeo, this is the start of Christmas. Baby Jesus is welcomed into church, the Christmas tree has been decorated and everyone is in church around the Crib, ready to welcome Christmas in together. Absolutely delightful children's service full of joy and Christmas carols; it’s always full, so arrive early!
The children’s choir is an occasional group drawn from our Junior Church who come together to sing at Family Services. If your child would like to sing in our church then get in touch via our contacts page.
Occasional social events
Details of these are available from Pam Martin, coordinator of Children's work on 01992 422441.
Please call our vicar, Robert Thompson on 01992 413691 if you are interested in having your child baptised, or come and meet him after any service in church.
Preparation for confirmation involves a course of instruction. Please call our vicar, Robert Thompson on 01992 413691 if you are interested in becoming confirmed.
Child Protection Policy
Holy Trinity has appointed Children’s Welfare Officers who ensure that all members of the team are screened in accordance with the Parish’s Child Protection Policy, a full PDF file of which can be downloaded here.
Our child welfare officer is Bridget Hersant: 01992 422702.